Walid Chaya is changing the course of diversity in Hollywood. Despite the popularity and fame of American films and television around the world, the industry has yet to provide appropriate representation for artists from diverse backgrounds. According to a study by the MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition (MAAC), only around 1% of television actors are from the Middle East and North Africa.
It aims to change that with its diversity program which guides specific talents from diverse backgrounds and regions across the world. He fights for equality and the representation of diverse actors in Hollywood movies and television, giving them a voice.
Walid helps emerging actors grow and achieve their goals, with numerous placements with renowned Hollywood talent agencies and roles in Los Angeles film and television.
Walid uses his role as an actor, director and writer to promote diversity in film and television. He is working on several projects for and about Blacks, Indigenous People and People of Color (BlPOC) that he is eager to show to the world. These stories feature popular topics he experienced as a Middle Eastern man, including human rights and equality, the refugee crisis, family values ââand traditions, arranged marriages, coming out and âAmerican dreamâ in today’s world. One of the action dramas he developed “Breaking The ICE” revolves around a displaced Syrian lawyer who seeks refuge in Los Angeles and is on the run. It depicts the struggle of an immigrant in America.
Walid also wrote, directed and starred in Driving Ms. Saudi, which depicts the struggles of a son teaching his Saudi mother how to drive. The film followed the political evolution that allowed women to drive. Through his short film, Walid showed his support for the empowerment of women in Saudi Arabia. The film won the award for best short film at the prestigious WOW Mid-East Film Fair in Dubai, the silver medal for best comedic short film at the Asia South East-Short Film Festival
In addition to playing an important role in promoting diversity on screen, Walid has extensive experience in directing off-Broadway stage productions in New York, DC and LA as well as internationally through his company. Broadway in Beirut. Its goal is to improve entertainment in the Middle East by connecting Middle East-based producers / directors to the resources of NY / LA. He has also directed various regional productions, including the Broadway premiere of Law & Order: NRU (2017), We Are Monsters the Musical (2015) and the DC premiere of “Disney’s” High School Musical “Live on Stage (2008). .
Walid Chaya is an award-winning actor-director and founder of Studio For Performing Arts LA and Moonlit Wings Productions; 2x winner for “Best Dramatic Instruction” and wins the title of “Best Artistic Program” by Washington Family Magazine. He is an immigrant from Lebanon and has struggled to be on top. Being immensely passionate about cinema, he has always been a creative soul.
âI love that films bring together people from all walks of life. From the audition room to filming on set, the collaborative nature of my work makes it so special to me. The icing on the cake is to share these projects with the world so that people can watch, connect and have a conversation with each other. “